Christine Black

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Cuts to CUNY Budget Get City Council Attention

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CUNY officials say that if the Bloomberg Administration follows through with its budget cut plans, community college students will suffer from a domino effect. At a City Council hearing Monday, CUNY officials said cuts to instructional staff will lead to fewer classes, larger class sizes and lower graduation rates. CUNY students also face a five-percent tuition hike.


Brooklyn DA Arrests Four on Environmental Crimes

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Grease, toilet paper and fecal matter were leaking into a Brooklyn creek that empties into Sheepshead Bay for almost seven years, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. On Wednesday, Hynes announced the arrests of four property owners and managers for environmental crimes.


Advocates Call for More Transparency in Evaluating School Capacity

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

An advocacy group is accusing the city's Department of Education of manipulating data to make it seem like schools have more space than they actually have.

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Speaker Quinn Wants More Protection for Community Gardens

Monday, November 29, 2010

Community gardeners still have reservations about the new rules the Department of Parks and Recreation has drawn up to regulate them. Under the rules, the Department can close a g...


So Far, So Good for Travelers This Holiday Weekend

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On Wednesday morning, Port Authority officials said the good weather had kept flights on track. The Transportation Security Administration said the lines had been moving smoothly at the region's airports, despite word that passengers would protest new full-body scanners at security checkpoints.


Federal Stimulus Money Helps Hungry New Yorkers

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The number of hungry New Yorkers has increased by almost 7 percent since last year, according to a survey by New York City Coalition Against Hunger and half of the feeding organizations surveyed had to turn hungry people away.


Quinn Wants to Transform the City's Foodscape

Monday, November 22, 2010

On Monday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Food Works, a plan to address five areas along the city's food cycle: production, distribution, processing, consumption, and post-consumption. The City spends around $175 million on food for schools, jails, senior centers and more. Quinn said she wants to use that purchasing power to refocus the food system so it can create more jobs, improve public health and protect the environment.

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Suspected Russian Arms Dealer Held on Terrorism Charges

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A suspected Russian arms dealer was ordered held without bail Wednesday on charges that he supported terrorists who wanted to overthrow the Columbian government and kill Americans. Through an interpreter, Vicktor Bout pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Federal court. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Bout's arrest showed he's not beyond the reach of the law.


Critics Question Department of Corrections' Relationship with Federal Immigration Authorities

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For twenty years, Federal immigration officials have been stationed on Rikers Island. Critics say the Department of Corrections offers them too much assistance in identifying foreign-born non-citizens, some of whom end up in deportation proceedings. The practice came under fire Wednesday during a City Council hearing. Critics say all too often immigrants who are in detention, but have not been convicted of a crime, are reported to ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Charges Filed in Holocaust Fraud Scheme

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Funds set up by the German government to compensate Holocaust victims were the target of a scheme that siphoned off some $42 million in phony claims. U.S. Justice Department officials have charged 17 Brooklyn residents in the operation.


Stars Shine Again on Grand Central Terminal

Monday, November 08, 2010

The new LED lights installed in Grand Central Terminal's zodiac twinkle in accordance with each star's brightness in the night sky.

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Paladino's Progression Through Governor's Race

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

From anger about a love child's press coverage to chest-thumping challenges of manhood, Carl Paladino managed to keep his name in the headlines thoughout the race for New York Governor. Pegged as a foul-mouthed, uncontrollable candidate, Paladino made regular bombastic statements during his campaign.


Chinatown Fire Victims Fight Landlord in Court

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Steven Vendola had just finished his dinner when he heard the sirens outside. He was already going out to get some air, so he decided to take his dog with him. "I went out with my dog, and I never went back in again," said Vendola. The 81-year-old retired dancer sobbed as he told what has happened to him since he lost his apartment in a fire on April 11, 2010.


Queens, West Village Rezoning Will Preserve Neighborhoods' Character

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The City Council approved the largest zoning amendment in Queens history on Wednesday. The amendment will help maintain the character of three Queens neighborhoods by preserving t...

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Critical Mass Riders Win Lawsuit Against the City

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bicyclists who were wrongfully detained and arrested while participating in "Critical Mass" rides won a $965,000 lawsuit against the city. The 83 cyclists will receive $500 each for getting a minor citation and one plaintiff who was arrested multiple times and injured in the process could receive up to $35,000.

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Moynihan Station is On Track

Monday, October 18, 2010

Public officials took sledge hammers to a ceremonial brick wall in front of the Farley Post Office Monday afternoon. The groundbreaking is for the first phase of Moynihan Station, which will be constructed under the post office steps facing Eighth Avenue.

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Painting the City White: Over a Million Square Feet of White Roofs

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

With a soft, squishy thrust of a roller, the CoolRoofs program painted its millionth square foot of white roof on top of a housing project in the Bronx Wednesday. To celebrate the coverage, sporting an orange T-shirt just like the other volunteers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped roll that patch into place.

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City Employees to Share Zipcars with Weekend Renters

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Many New Yorkers are familiar with car sharing services like Zipcar, and now city employees will be too. The city is testing out car sharing for part of it’s fleet and hoping the savings will follow. 


Bronx Residents Upset by Stories of Alleged Gay Attacks

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On Monday, police arrested a ninth suspect in a set of alleged, violent anti-gay attacks earlier this month. Twenty-two-year-old Rudy Vargas Perez is allegedly a member of the Latin Kings Goonies, a group police say is a loosely-organized street gang accused of kidnapping and torturing a 30-year-old man and two teenagers in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx.

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Longshoremen Charged with Drug Trafficking and investor Fraud

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Federal prosecutors are charging nine longshoremen from the Port of New York and New Jersey, and thirteen others, with trafficking drugs and defrauding investors.